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Tea party boils over control of the legislative agenda



Tea Party in Action director Marianne Moran blistered South Florida Tea Party Chairman Everett Wilkinson today after Wilkinson released a letter to Senate President Mike Haridopolos urging him to stop the so-called Destination Casino bill, saying it would cost the state $1.8 billion in lost gaming money.

Moran used her standing as member of the Florida Alliance of 130 Tea Parties, 9/12 and Patriot Groups throughout the state to call Wilkinson's letter "outlandish."

"I was appalled today to see the statement Everett Wilkinson released against Senate President Haridopolos regarding gaming in the State of Florida. Gaming has the potential of bringing both jobs and tourism to the state but is in no way part of the Tea Party's legislative agenda this session," said Moran, who, like Wilkinson, is from Palm Beach County. "Mr. Wilkinson was out of line, and certainly does not speak for the entire group of Tea Parties in the state."

Moran's group, meanwhile, has its own agenda. Moran has circulated to lawmakers an agenda on behalf of the Florida Alliance a list of 32 bills and resolutions to pass or appeal. Download it below.

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 2:03pm]


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